Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post tweeted that the Nationals are expected to discuss Yorbit Torrealba with the Texas Rangers today. The Rangers DFA’d the catcher last night after making a deal with the Cubs for Geovany Soto.
The rumor comes in light of several injuries to Washington’s catching this season, including a season-ending blow to Wilson Ramos, Jesus Flores battling through a series of game-sustained injuries, as well as Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon fighting to stay healthy.
Torrealba brings a .238 batting average as well as a .995% fielding percentage; similar numbers to current Nats starter Jesus Flores, who hits .227 and also has a .995% fielding percentage.
With Torrealba being designated for assignment and putting up less-than-impressive numbers, he wouldn’t come at an overwhelming price, so look for the Nationals to jump in on this one. Torrealba currently presents the best opportunity at acquiring a catcher, as Boston (who holds Washington’s other top catching target in Kelly Shoppach) seems to lack the necessary depth at this point to move their coveted catcher.
The Nationals have been linked to several other catchers in the last month, including former Nat Wil Nieves and Ramon Hernandez of Colorado. With today’s 4PM Eastern deadline set, let’s see if the Nats can add some depth. Stay tuned all day as we provide complete Nationals Trade Deadline coverage!